the REAL reason why the NFL is so popular

is gambling.

ESPN’s story on the Steelers/Chargers game made some reference to this but if you don’t want to read the entire article, here’s a sampling:

The score made a difference in the wallets of a lot of bettors on the Las Vegas Strip.

“Anyone who had a bet on the Pittsburgh side and thought they had won weren’t too happy,” said John Avello, director of the race and sports book at the Wynn resort.

Avello said there might have been $10 million bet on the game statewide and many times more than that in illegal bets around the country and in offshore Internet betting sites. There was more money bet on Pittsburgh, he said, especially in parlay bets…..

….The call affected betting on the game since the Steelers were either a 4½- or five-point favorite and would have covered if the touchdown counted.

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